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An empirical Bayes approach to analyzing recurring animal surveys

Ecology

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Abstract

Recurring estimates of the size of animal populations are often required by biologists or wildlife managers. Because of cost or other constraints, estimates frequently lack the accuracy desired but cannot readily be improved by additional sampling. This report proposes a statistical method employing empirical Bayes (EB) estimators as alternatives to those customarily used to estimate population size, and evaluates them by a subsampling experiment on waterfowl surveys. EB estimates, especially a simple limited-translation version, were more accurate and provided shorter confidence intervals with greater coverage probabilities than customary estimates.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
An empirical Bayes approach to analyzing recurring animal surveys
Series title:
Ecology
Volume
70
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Description:
p. 945-952
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Ecology
First page:
945
Last page:
952
Number of Pages:
7